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Friday, September 26, 2014
Carlisle: Maui Anti-GMO Law Would Send Farmers, Gardeners to Jail
By Video @ 2:22 AM :: 4988 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, GMOs

...gardeners growing GM corn, GM papaya, or GMO marijuana may be arrested and imprisoned for one year under the anti-GMO law....

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Monday, August 25, 2014
Hawaii’s Papaya Growers Struggle in Hurricane Aftermath
By Video @ 2:30 PM :: 4023 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, GMOs

...Estimation of the sales lost, plus the start-up, the bulldozing costs and growing up to that first year, when they’re ready to harvest again … is about $53 million....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Consuming Chemicals is a What We Do on a Daily Basis
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:16 PM :: 3690 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...so many people tell me how they are cutting back on chemicals in their food by eating better. I can’t help but shake my head....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Still Blogging A Year Later!
By Joni Kamiya @ 10:11 PM :: 3640 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...By speaking out, I’ve been able to network others who share my thoughts about the Hawaii we want and it gives me hope....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Maui County Report Shows Zero Glyphosate
By News Release @ 1:48 AM :: 3197 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...None of the 45 samples had detectable levels of glyphosate....

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Saturday, August 16, 2014
Papaya Crop Ruined: Anti-GMO Activists Cheer Hurricane Iselle
By Joni Kamiya @ 12:18 AM :: 3769 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

"... Yay Good.  Mahalo Iselle for washing us clean of those GMO ...."

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Activists, Hurricane Deal One-Two Punch to Hawaii Farmers
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:15 PM :: 3234 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...Just last week it was announced that the activists groups, the Center for Food Safety and Earthjustice (formerly known as the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund) joined on to sue these same farmers....

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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Kauai Diary Farm Changes Plan After Protests by Luxury Resorts, Sierra Club, and Surfrider
By News Release @ 4:22 PM :: 4615 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Tourism

The first phase starts with 650-699 cows....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Proposed EPA Rule Gives Feds Control of Hawaii Water Ditches
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:31 PM :: 4671 Views :: Honolulu County, National News, Agriculture

...the new proposed rule would regulate all ditches, except in narrow circumstances. This even includes man-made ditches....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
How I Wish I Were a Papaya Princess…
By Joni Kamiya @ 3:06 PM :: 3465 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

There’s so much talk from activists about how they want more local food grown here but then they seek to lobby laws against farmers....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
State Department documents rise in human trafficking
By Malia Zimmerman @ 9:36 PM :: 3691 Views :: Agriculture, Labor, Law Enforcement

The International Labor Organization says agricultural workers are among the most vulnerable....

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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Seeking a Global Solution in Sugar Trade Policy
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:48 AM :: 4795 Views :: World News, Agriculture, Economy

...sugar is one of the most politically charged raw materials in the global economy....

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Friday, June 06, 2014
Thai workers get multimillion-dollar EEOC settlement
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:28 PM :: 3299 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

Mac Nut Farms of Hawaii LLC will pay the most, $1.6 million; Kauai Coffee Co. Inc. will pay $425,000; Kelena Farms Inc. will pay $275,000; and Captain Cook Coffee Co. Ltd. will pay $100,000....

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Monday, May 12, 2014
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! -- Takes on Organic Food
By Video @ 3:49 PM :: 3902 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Penn & Teller Repudiate the idea that organic food has better nutrients, a smaller environmental impact, less harmful pesticides, and better taste than non-organic foods....

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Monday, May 12, 2014
Molokai Ranch Achieving Success with … Ranching
By News Release @ 1:05 PM :: 5011 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Agriculture, Tourism

Moloka'i Ranch is launching initiatives to achieve sustainability, starting with the re-establishment of ranching operations....

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Thursday, May 08, 2014
The World's Resources Aren't Running Out
By NCPA @ 3:26 PM :: 3842 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture

...the amount of land required to grow food has decreased by 65 percent over the last 50 years across the world....

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Thursday, May 08, 2014
The Many Problems with Ethanol
By NCPA @ 3:25 PM :: 3614 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture

Just one 25-gallon tank of ethanol requires 450 pounds of corn -- the same amount of calories it would take to feed one person for an entire year....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Study: Biofuels Worse for Environment Than Regular Gasoline
By NCPA @ 4:09 PM :: 4329 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture, Tax Credits

Biofuels made with corn residue actually release 7 percent more greenhouse gas....

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Monday, April 21, 2014
Parties Reach Agreement in Na Wai Eha Water Flow Case
By News Release @ 8:58 PM :: 4092 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Agriculture

Under this agreement, more water will be returned to the streams of Na Wai ‘Eha, particularly to ‘Iao stream....

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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Hawaii basil farm ‘deplorable,’ ‘unsafe,’ judgment says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 3:30 PM :: 3857 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The federal government, citing “deplorable” and “unsafe” conditions, has fined Hawaii’s top exporter of basil nearly a half-million dollars....

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Judge rules Thai workers were exploited, physically abused on Hawaii farms
By Malia Zimmerman @ 2:09 AM :: 3738 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The federal civil case against Global Horizons has dragged on for years....

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Monday, March 24, 2014
Guilty: Physical abuse, exploitation, and barbaric security measures at Maui Pineapple
By News Release @ 7:38 PM :: 5825 Views :: Kauai County, Maui County, Ethics, Agriculture, Labor

Kobayashi cited examples of physical abuse, exploitation, and barbaric security measures at Maui Pineapple Company's historic pineapple plantations and old worker dormitories where the Thai workers were forced to live and other abuses throughout Hawaii.

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Full Text: Big Island Papaya Farmer Sues to Invalidate anti-GMO Ordinance
By Robert Thomas @ 9:12 PM :: 4756 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, GMOs

Science. It's the darndest thing....

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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
UHERO: Climate Change Behind Push for Water Conservation
By UHERO @ 11:20 PM :: 3936 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Agriculture

Drawdown of existing groundwater stocks is likely still decades away....

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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Hawaii pesticide data: Homes not fields found to be source of most problems
By Selected News Articles @ 3:54 PM :: 2905 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii Statistics

...90% of the exposures occurred in a residence, 4.4% in the workplace and 1% in a school. The remaining 4% consisted of miscellaneous locations....

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Friday, February 07, 2014
Clayton Hee: “We give notice we cut you at the knees”
By Andrew Walden @ 2:32 PM :: 5330 Views :: Agriculture, Hawaii State Government, Politicians

Watch the Senate committee system falling apart....

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Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Rep Thielen Pushes Hemp Legalization
By News Release @ 7:26 PM :: 3068 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs

Today the United States Senate approved the Agriculture Act of 2014, also known as the “Farm Bill,” which includes legalization of industrial hemp for research purposes....

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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Monsanto Hawaii Pesticide Use
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 3207 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

We are listening to your concerns and, as promised, would like to address some of your questions regarding pesticide use....

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Thursday, January 30, 2014
What Congress Did While You Were Talking About the State of the Union
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:32 PM :: 2347 Views :: Agriculture

Congress is very fond of two things: throwing a bunch of stuff into one bill and rushing bills through while Americans are focused on other news....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Three Bills Affect Future of Ag Land in Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:32 PM :: 2454 Views :: Agriculture
The second bill says the best way to preserve lands for agriculture in perpetuity is for the State to own it....
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Monsanto Hawaii Announces Enhanced Community Engagement Effort
By News Release @ 2:54 AM :: 3194 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

While there has been a lot of discussion about Monsanto, there seems to be little understanding about our operations and what we do....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
USDA: Pesticides, Chemicals, and Synthetic Ingredients Used in 'Organic' Food
By Andrew Walden @ 11:58 PM :: 6674 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...here is a selection of some of the most interesting ingredients included in "organic" foods and another list of synthetic pesticides and other substances allowed for use in "organic" crop and livestock production....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Ready to handle the Crazies? Psych Major to Head Agriculture Board
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 3395 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

...Abercrombie today announced the appointment of Scott Edward Enright as chairperson of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture, effective Jan. 1....

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Hawaii SEED Wants to Destroy Papaya Farmers
By Selected News Articles @ 9:16 PM :: 2757 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs
The truth is that Mr. Ritte enjoys his papayas and doesn’t care if it is GMO or not because he knows that it is fine.  Remember the March ag day Mr. Ritte?
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Hawaii Agriculture Conference, January 8-9, 2014
By Robert Thomas @ 3:51 PM :: 3841 Views :: Agriculture, Land Use, GMOs

On January 8 and 9, 2014, the Seminar Group is putting on what we hope will become a regular event - the Hawaii Agriculture Conference....

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Sunday, December 08, 2013
How to Use Anti-GMO Ordinances to Seize Marijuana Plants: A Guide for Police Departments
By Andrew Walden @ 12:30 AM :: 10680 Views :: Agriculture, Drugs, GMOs

... between $400,000 and $1,000,000 in fines for a single mature 40-day old plant ....

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Friday, December 06, 2013
Congress Wants to Tax Your Christmas Tree
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:36 PM :: 2608 Views :: Agriculture, Taxes

Christmas trees are pretty unpopular, right?  The House must think so, since its farm bill would pave the way to set up a Christmas Tree Promotion Board....

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Maui Pesticide Bill Would Fine Farmers, Landscapers $10K per Day
By Andrew Walden @ 4:41 PM :: 5034 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, GMOs

...to be placed on the December 6, 2013, Council agenda....

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Thursday, November 28, 2013
Hawaii a Testing Ground for Mainland Hysteria
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:13 PM :: 3474 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Hawaii has long had an unfortunate tendency to attract the most extreme Mainland activists....

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Monday, November 25, 2013
Solving the Global Sugar Trade Problem
By NCPA @ 1:15 PM :: 3579 Views :: World News, Agriculture

Agriculture subsidies and trade manipulation have long been among the most intractable of policy problems....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Maui Mayor Signs MOU with Monsanto Requiring Disclosure of Pesticide Use
By News Release @ 9:38 PM :: 3680 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, GMOs

While watching what was happening in other counties, Maui County decided to approach Monsanto - which has farms on both Maui and Molokai - to require disclosure of the company’s restricted-use pesticides and all information about related practices....

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Petition: Support Hawaii Farmers Now!
By News Release @ 1:33 PM :: 3177 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Counties are listening to the most ill informed people and the farmers are being attacked ....

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013
EEOC: Del Monte Hawaii Settles Thai Farm Workers Case
By News Release @ 3:15 AM :: 2976 Views :: Agriculture, Labor

The EEOC named Del Monte Fresh Produce's Hawaii subsidiary, which contracted with Global for approximately three years ending in 2005 to tend pineapple fields the subsidiary leased on the island of Oahu....

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Sunday, November 17, 2013
Open Letter: 80% of Hawaii Ag Reject Anti-GMO Bill 113
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 4417 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, GMOs

...the undersigned farmers, ranchers and floral & nursery growers collectively produce more than 80% of the food and agricultural products grown in Hawaii....

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Thursday, November 14, 2013
Pesticides: State Launches 'Agricultural Good Neighbor Program' for Kauai
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 3167 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

One day before Kauai County Council set to consider override of Mayor's Veto .... 

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Friday, November 08, 2013
U.S. Sugar Policy Sends Candy Makers Abroad
By NCPA @ 10:06 AM :: 4157 Views :: National News, Agriculture, Small Business, Cost of Living

U.S. candy makers are expanding production in other countries as federal price supports and a global glut of the sweet stuff give an ever-greater advantage to foreign rivals....

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Ag Department Backs Kauai Mayor’s Veto, Developing Pesticide Regs
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 2876 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs

Department of Agriculture reaffirmed the Mayor’s assessment that complicated legal issues and practical enforcement and implementation details must be taken into consideration to effectively address community’s concerns....

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Monday, September 23, 2013
GMOs: Abercrombie to Impose Pesticide Standards, Setbacks on Farmers
By News Release @ 10:55 PM :: 3675 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs
Abercrombie, together with members of the Kauai Legislative Delegation, today announced that the state would be putting forth standards and guidelines for seed/diversified agriculture companies....
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The Only Way to Reform the Farm Bill
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:05 PM :: 2297 Views :: Agriculture

Lawmakers return to Washington today with only nine legislative days in the House before some farm bill programs expire at the end of the month....

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Sunday, August 25, 2013
29.4 million in Tax Revenue by Seed Companies in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 6:16 PM :: 3282 Views :: Agriculture, GMOs
During the hearing on Bill 2491 on Kauai a council member “Gary Hoosier” said the seed companies paid zero Hawaii taxes....We dug, it took a whole 60 seconds to figure out his statement was a myth ....
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